Support the fight to beat lung cancer!
I am fundraising for the 13th Annual A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities because:
- Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer, claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers COMBINED;
- More than 160,000 Americans will die of lung cancer this year. Half are nonsmokers when diagnosed; and
- Lung cancer research remains dramatically underfunded.
The A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities began in 2007 after a group of lung cancer patients, their family members and their nurse experienced the lack of awareness, resources and support for this devastating disease. They realized that without action, the then 15% survival rate would not improve.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) in 2008 to fight lung cancer through awareness, patient and family support and innovative lung cancer research.
Please consider a donation to support my efforts to beat this unfair and misunderstood disease.
More about my story
On May 14th, 2018, I had an Xray of my spine for on going back pain. The results: a fractured T-5 vertebra...and a MASS in my RIGHT UPPER LOBE measuring 3.7 cm at it's largest. My world fell out from under me. June 1st, I had CT guided biopsy of the mass. This confirmed my cancer to be adenocarcinoma, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC), EGFR positive, Exon 18, G719 mutation. A PET scan done May 31st showed the cancer to have spread to multiple bones as well as one adrenal gland.
I was started on a drug that targets this particular mutation, EGFR+. I take it once daily; it causes a number of side effects, none of which are intolerable, especially when you consider: my next PET scan in September showed no mestastic dease and a decrease in the size of my lung mass!! This was cause for celebration!
I continue to take the same medication, Gilotrif, as it continues to work on my cancer. As I've learned, however, cancer is a smart disease; it is able to change it's DNA to get around the drugs and treatments we use. At some point, this drug will likely stop working for me. I will then need a new treatment plan. Could be another drug, combination of drugs, chemotherapy and maybe radiation.
Please help me raise money for A Breath of Hope, to help fund research for more treatment options. If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer!
Update: Thank you to all who have signed on to walk and to those who have donated! I appreciate everyone of you so very much!
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